Posted: Friday 31st January 2020
The World of Work
Welcome to the latest edition of our Reminiscence Collection e-newsletter, this month we are focusing on ‘the world of work’. Some people are said to ‘live to work’ while others ‘work to live’. Whatever your attitude work tends to play an important part in our lives and so is an interesting topic of reminiscence for many.
Our Working Nine to Five reminiscence box contains a selection of objects and activities which prompt conversation around the working week, including a reel of typewriter ribbon (thank goodness we now have the delete button), a pocket letter balance, an ink pen and a selection of 100 used stamps. My favourite is the Owl and the Pussy Cat 19p stamp issued by Royal Mail in 1988, to commemorate the centenary of Edward Lear’s death. The Link & Think Careers dice game, which is also in this box, is a cognitive stimulation game for adults. On the roll of the dice you may be asked to ‘pick two tiles and decide how they are different’ or ‘pick three tiles and choose which is the odd one out’. Of course, we are pleased to see that a Librarian is included in the choice of careers!
In the publication simply entitled Work from English Heritage we can see from the images within the pride that people took in their work - from the team of postmen and women to the farmer with the potato planter he has invented. A World of Work in Pictures by Pictures to Share celebrates the lives of working people in words and pictures. Whether in public services, catering, banking, the arts, healthcare, schools, farming, construction or at the coal face, this book reminds us of the many people who work hard to make our society what it is. The Way We Were: The British at Work gives you a fascinating glimpse into the forgotten world of British working lives between the 1920s and 1970s.
Like all of Hertfordshire Libraries Reminiscence Collection these items can be reserved online for collection at any Hertfordshire library. Alternatively, you can ask staff at your local library, they will be happy to place a reservation for you. To browse the collection or download our latest catalogue from our website.
Reminiscing Your First Pay Day!
It’s the end of your first month of work (or maybe the end of the week) and you’ve been handed a small brown envelope of cash. Did you rush out to buy that smart outfit you’d seen on your way to work, displayed in the department store window? Maybe you were a saver and put it straight into the building society. Or, did you have to hand it over to your parents who were eager to take a rent payment?
Not brand new (but new to us) is this vintage Knitting Ring set made just across the border by Spear’s Games in Enfield and bought from WHSmith for 70p. Did you ever use a knitting ring to make an outfit for your Sindy doll (as suggested in the instructions)? We’ve added it to our Golden Days of Childhood box where it now resides alongside Sooty, a Weeble and a Blue Peter Badge – esteemed company indeed!
What’s going on in February?
Time to Talk Day 2020 is taking place on Thursday 6th February. It’s a chance for all of us to be more open about mental health – to talk, to listen, to change lives. If you plan to join in the conversation the resources in our Reminiscence Collection could help. All of the collection is designed with the aim of prompting conversation, but the following items in particular may encourage people to open up about mental health.
To find out more about Time to Talk Day 2020 visit their website.